Buying A New Home
It’s been a world wind type of month here in Detroit Mom’s household. We’ve had our encounters of Ups and downs. At the beginning of the month we were actively looking for a new home. By the time the middle of July rolled around the market shifted from a Buyers market to a Seller’s market. Which means we did not have enough money to purchase a home. We were looking to buy a home on Land Contract which used to mean we would pay 10% down to the owner of the home and then pay monthly payments until the agreed upon amount of the house was paid for, anywhere from 3 to 7 years.
Here in Detroit the seller’s and the real estate agents have thrown all tradition and fairness to the wind. Owners are asking 20% and sometimes 50% down! Homes that were listed for 40K owners were asking for 10K and sometimes 20K down on Land Contract. Really? I mean Really? That coupled with an inept real estate agent made the hard decision for me. We clearly are out of our league. We don’t have enough money saved to buy a home on Land Contract because of the GREEDY and Unscrupulous home owners and Real-estate Agents. Buying a home is now a dream deferred for my family. We will continue to live in our current home and save more money until we have enough to deal with these Vultures on their terms.
My City is Bankrupt
Unless you live under a rock I’m sure you’ve read Detroit is the largest city in the United States to file for bankruptcy. Years of corruption and mismanagement has lead to the emergency financial manager, Kevin Orr, filing for bankruptcy. That’s the official story anyway. As a life long Detroiter I’ve always had an ear to the ground and the truth of the matter is:
Years ago during the 60’s many white’s and affluent blacks fled the city. The riots which led to many areas of the city being burned to the ground and the crime was the reason they gave for leaving The number of white’s leaving Detroit was so massive it was labeled “White Flight”. Now, 40 years later they have their eye on Michigan’s gem, Detroit. We are the largest city in Michigan, we have a beautiful park Belle Isle and so many other potential money making natural resources and land the Governor, Rick Snyder and his “minions” including Kevin Orr, Dave Bing and Andy Dillon want to push out the current residents of Detroit, strip the city of it’s assets and run the city as they see fit.
The taking over of Detroit has been surreal.
Some days I want to pack up my family and flee as well. The city has not cut the grass in public areas since last year. In some parks the grass is as tall as I am. Children have no where to play that is safe and crime free. My heart breaks a little more everyday as I remember a vibrant, tough and beautiful city I grew up in. Will my children Love Detroit as I do? So I stay and I pray constantly for my family’s safety and well being and a city I probably should leave but can’t bring myself to make that decision.
My Civic Duty
The Detroit Mayoral race is in full swing. With over 13 candidates vying to become Detroit’s next Mayor it’s been very hard trying to find out about each candidates plans for my city. So, yesterday the hubs and I decided to attend WADL’s (a local Tv Station) Mayoral Debate. This would be the Last opportunity to hear from all of the candidates before the August 6, 2013 primary. The debate was held at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. We arrived at 7:00PM to attend the 8:00 Live event. A small crowd gathered outside the historic museum. and waited in line to be let into the event. We watched many people including former mayor of Highland Park Lindsey Porter walk right past the line and be welcomed and ushered into the event. After standing in line for about 30 minutes it became clear we would not be able to attend the event. We were told the venue which holds about 350 people was not large enough to hold the VIP recipients which the TV station invited and gave tickets to attend the event and the residents actual voters like me. Rhonda an account executive from WADL flipped her hair turned to all of us standing in line, and said “Sorry” and walked into the venue. We were given a choice to either stand outside of the event and watch the debate on a screen with the mosquitoes or try and head home and watch on TV. We chose the latter. The event was a travesty. Candidates were only allowed 30 seconds to respond to pre-written questions. 30 seconds? Who can answer a question in 30 seconds. Many of the candidates were cut off in mid sentence. The moderator appeared to have a bias toward certain candidates. If it weren’t such an important platform I would’ve thought I was watching a Saturday Night Live skit. It was truly laughable to say the least. When the event ended I made sure to watch all of the credits and guess who the official time keeper was? Rhonda, the “flippant” account exec. who also chose the venue. If WADL learns anything from this debacle it should be to FIRE Rhonda! She is clearly out of her element.
I’m Back To Pitching Sponsors
While I was actively looking for a home I stopped pitching sponsors for products. I didn’t want the chore of packing new products along with my entire household. Our basement is already full of boxed non-essential products. Now, that I know we won’t be moving anytime soon I have actively and feverishly started pitching sponsors. Be on the lookout for more reviews and awesome giveaways.